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Sexton close to new four-year Racing Metro deal

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Racing-Metro's Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball to score a penalty during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing Metro 92 and Biarritz Olympique on April 12, 2014, at the Yves du Manoir stadium in ColombesRacing-Metro's Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball to score a penalty during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing Metro 92 and Biarritz Olympique on April 12, 2014, at the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes

Racing-Metro's Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball to score a penalty during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing Metro 92 and Biarritz Olympique on April 12, 2014, at the Yves du Manoir stadium in ColombesRacing-Metro's Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball to score a penalty during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing Metro 92 and Biarritz Olympique on April 12, 2014, at the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes

Irish international fly-half Jonathan Sexton is closing in on a new four-year contract with French Top 14 side Racing Metro, the club's joint coach Laurent Labit said Thursday.

"He is thinking it over, we have discussed it with him. In his hands he has a proposal for a further four years with Racing," said Labit on the 29-year-old Sexton whose current deal ends in June.

"The deal is simple -- either he extends and finishes his career here or he returns to Ireland. This is what he has to think about. But we know him, he's OK with it."

Labit added: "Of course, there are other elements involved. He has a child and he has to go away and discuss it with his wife.

"We hope he stays. Like he says, his son was born here and in 20 years he could be France's fly-half."

Sexton, who has played 48 times for Ireland, arrived at Racing in 2013 from Leinster and signed a two-year contract worth an estimated 700,000 euros (£560,000, $929,000) a year.

Date created : 2014-08-21